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The Monster (1994)

Il mostro (original title)
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A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and landscape gardener and shop-window outfitter Loris is the prime suspect, thanks to his unfortunate habit of getting caught in compromising ... See full summary »

Director:

Roberto Benigni

Writers:

Roberto Benigni (story), Vincenzo Cerami (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roberto Benigni ... Loris
Michel Blanc ... Paride Taccone
Nicoletta Braschi ... Jessica Rossetti
Dominique Lavanant Dominique Lavanant ... Jolanda Taccone
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Roccarotta
Laurent Spielvogel Laurent Spielvogel ... Frustalupi
Ivano Marescotti Ivano Marescotti ... Pascucci
Franco Mescolini Franco Mescolini ... Chinese Teacher
Massimo Girotti ... Distinguished Resident
Luciana Palombi Luciana Palombi ... Claudia (as Luciana Pieri Palombi)
Vittorio Amandola ... Antique dealer
Rita Di Lernia Rita Di Lernia ... Moglie Antiquario (as Maria Rita Bresadola di Lernia)
Gennaro Morrone Gennaro Morrone ... Edicolante
Vincenzo Vitagliano Vincenzo Vitagliano ... Lodger
Giulio Turli Giulio Turli ... Tall man
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Storyline

A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and landscape gardener and shop-window outfitter Loris is the prime suspect, thanks to his unfortunate habit of getting caught in compromising situations (for which there is always a totally innocent explanation that the police fail to spot). Undercover policewoman Jessica is assigned by eccentric police psychologist Taccone to follow Loris and provide evidence for his arrest - but things don't quite go according to plan... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual humor | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$642,000, 14 July 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,762,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The French cast said all their lines in French. There were all later dubbed in Italian by different actors. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version released in the U.S.A. omits one four minute sequence which takes place early in the film and sets up Loris' (Benigni's) adversarial relationships with the manager of his apartment building as well as the little girl who throws dead cats in his apartment . The scene involves a tenants meeting inside a school gym. Loris has voted against the entire body and is invited to voice his objections. The manager ends up pursuing Loris to the top of a basketball hoop upon which the little girl shoots him with a water gun. Loris falls through the hoop which breaks and he ends up leaving with as much dignity as he can muster with the hoop net over his body. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Inferno (1980) See more »

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9 May 1999 | by spongeSee all my reviews

This is one of the funniest movies of all time. Roberto Benigni is the definitive next-generation Charlie Chaplain. His use of camera angles to get the dummies in compromising positions, depending on how it's seen, and the way he can include so many different characters so effectively in the movie is amazing. My favorite scene is when the Detective is analyzing Loris when Loris leaves the restaurant. "Now he is punishing it - 'No, not in public'" and "And we can all see what this means." If you want to see it, I've seen the film at Jumbo video in the foreign films section. I advise that you go out and rent it IMMEDIATELY! I gave it a ten, and so will you.


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